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Filet Knitting

or how to knit a "Picture Afghan"

Something I enjoyed in crochet - and which frustrated me with knitting was the ability in crochet to easily create filet mesh "pictures". done in a heavier yarn they make nice afghans. Or filet mesh geometric patterns made complex looking but mindless-to-work patterns.

Which was a reason I purchased 'A Gathering of Lace'. In that book there is a technique for filet knitting - they use it in the round to work a graphed picture of a unicorn.

To use the technique in back and forth knitting (such as for a blanket or afghan or laprobe or wall hanging or door screen or window shade) is a little more complicated - but I worked it out last year to knit a dragon stole for my niece's Mother-in-law.

The technique uses 2 stiches x 3 rows for each square in a graphed pattern. The meshes are either "filled" or "empty". You're aiming for a stockinette fabric - so in addition to the 2 stitches per square you also want to allow for some edge stitches to prevent curling and you also have to add 1 stitch per row to make things balance out. or subtract one edge stitch.

(each square worked "loans" a stitch to an adjacent square to complete it)

But since it takes 3 rows of knitting to work a row of graphed squares, you are working every other row of squares in opposing directions. (confused yet? believe me - I was!) So odd rows are worked one way and even rows another...sorta

OKknitguy's picture

almost had a stroke

I almost stroked yesterday thinking the sits was down. I'm so so glad to see it back up. I was thinkin, I have no way to get in touch with any of you guys. Well, I hopefully did some of my part this am by ordering a MWK mug and T-shirt. How bout gettin some baseball caps with the logo? I'd wear it proudly! Thanks so much for being back up!

Robert

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What a relief!

Hardly knew how much I relied on this site until yesterday! I am greatly relieved and very thankful that it's back up and running - thanks, Mike, Darrel, and whatever knitting gods and goddesses lent a hand....

A grateful member of MWK,
Jonathan in DC

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I Second That!

I agree with Mike (Sticywarp); I too will do anything to keep this site up. (and some of you are aware of exactly what I 'might' do!) The rest of you will have to speculate.

I suggested to Mike that I would be willing to chip in to pay for the domain name on a long-term basis.

In short, I would hate to lose touch with y'all in what is a great forum.

Best to you all.

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OT:the other side of life...

yes - there is life outside of knitting. I know, it was a surprise to me as well, *grin*

But I've discovered it is much less boring burning my CD's while knitting then not. I'm restocking for a trip this weekend - will probably spend tonight getting covers and inserts printed and assembling the things - worse then finishing off knitting! And wondering if it is kosher to mention my Christmas album....makes a great stocking gift....

Perfect Lace?

Does perfect lace exist? I finally found the nerve, purchased a really fine mohair/silk blend yarn, and cast on to knit a simple pattern of diagonal 'holes' across a narrow scarf.

I'm doing well overall, but there have been problems, which I've been able to 'fix' by picking up yarn for missed yarn overs, by adding stitches when necessary, or decreasing when I mysteriously had too many stitches.

Even though the fixed spots stand out like a sore thumb to me, overall the lacey effect is pleasing, and the piece does look very nice.

I am trying my best, but errors to happen. Should I set lace aside forever, men? Or continue to fix as necessary, and just enjoy the knitting? Does it ever get easier to follow those patterns?

Does perfect lace exist?

Thanks for any input!

Gene

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Toasty socks

Lamb's Pride on 7's sing the Knitting pure and simple base pattern.
They should keep feet nice and warm.

~Jason

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2 new purses

Here are the two purses I finished. Used Cascade and Noro Silk Garden and one with Plymouth Outback.

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2 new purses

OK, got the tattoo last Wednesday. I love it. Still sore. Took 3 1/2 hours, but I love the results. Will post a pic once it heals. Got after my knitting on Sunday. Finished two purses. I've never poked a hole thru the purse after felting before. It was kinda scary! But I like the end result. Also finished my first double reverse cable scarf. Been workin on that thing for like a month! Decided I had too many projects 1/2 way done and needed to get the majority finished up.

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the joy of socks

Well I just got back from SF Stompede dance convention with the ever wonderful Steve, aka Bug or "BUG-WUG" {dodgingwindshields.com) my friend who was one of the ASL interpreters. Did I hand off my Sockwars socks to my victim who lived there? Of course not! I brought them back up to Portland with me and just stuck them in the mail. When I got home, I found out that I had been "Killed" by my NY assasin, and that her socks looked NOTHING like mine. Of course, I have to look at the pattern and figure out if I did something wrong. Although the socks I received have some obvious "BURPS" in the pattern, I love them. Very cool. I knit some obnoxiously colorful socks using the same pattern but taller and in a K3 P3 rib. Got one full sock done on the trip down and back (1 1/2hrs each way=3 hours total) much to the amazement of the flight crew and fellow passengers... I used to HATE FLYING, and now it is, OH BOY! Guilt free knitting time! "Look at me... I am so much more productive than you...playing solitaire on your laptop!"

Pictures to follow,
Bob

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